After Luke Cage blew up Horseshoe Bar back in July (the bar appears in this scene of Jessica Jones, and in the trailer), everyone’s favorite thick-skinned Avenger is back on the scene. This time, it looks like Jessica Jones’s hubby is doing it up in Williamsburg. The Marvel character (played by Mike Colter) is the hero of a forthcoming Netflix show, and “Tiara” (its production title) will be filming at Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow. This afternoon, the venue was transformed into Harlem’s Paradise, a nod to the neighborhood where Luke was born before he was falsely imprisoned and then went on to develop superpowers, yada yada yada. Fun fact: Luke at one point was in the Defenders, and worked for Nighthawk. (The superhero, not the movie theater.)
All week, we’re bringing you a series of deep dives into the surprising histories of storied addresses. Back to our usual after the New Year.
If you walk past 177 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village and see a middle-aged guy in black clothes and a flowing red cape making a horn sign with both hands, watch out for the multi-dimensional mayhem about to be unleashed.
To us mere mortals, 177 Bleecker may be a stately Queen Anne-style apartment building that rises five stories above a busy Manhattan street. But in the Marvel universe, the building has long been the home of Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme who’ll be played by Benedict Cumberbatch in a hotly anticipated film. Since Marvel introduced the master magician to the comic world in the 1960s, he has lived in his Sanctum Sanctorum at 177 Bleecker Street, and much of the universe-threatening action perpetrated by the forces of darkness against our unsuspecting world has taken place within these walls.
Crooked political machines, race-tinged violence, rampant disease, and a gross disparity of wealth: just another day in Five Points in 1853. “Bowery Boys,” a new comic written by Marvel editor Cory Levine, inked by South Williamsburg resident Ian Bertram, and colored by Rodrigo Aviles, brings the dirtiest, bloodiest corner of 19th-century Manhattan back to life. The story follows a father and son through the Lower East Side as they brace for an impending labor strike, and is being released for free online in serial format at three pages a week. We caught up with author Cory Levine to talk about online publishing, “Gangs of New York,” and the ends of the subway lines.